- “Morning Joe” cohost Mika Brzezinski on Friday cast doubt on the veracity of the allegations made by one of Al Franken’s sexual harassment accusers.
- Brzezinksi’s comments seemed to question the intentions of the #MeToo movement at large.
- In the same broadcast, Brzezinski announced MSNBC’s suspension of a “Morning Joe” contributor who was accused of sexual misconduct.
On Friday, “Morning Joe” cohost Mika Brzezinski cast doubt on a sexual harassment accuser of Al Franken while seeming to question the intentions of the #MeToo phenomenon, a movement which has seen myriad women come forward with experiences and accusations of sexual misconduct in recent months.
“In this #MeToo environment, you must always just believe the women and I think that there’s a lot of reasons why we need to look at the women seriously and believe them,” Brzezinski said on Friday’s show. “I’m just wondering if all women need to be believed, and I’m concerned that we are being the judge, the jury, and the cops here, and so did Senate Democrats getting ahead of their skis.”
Brzezinski went on to question whether the first woman to accuse Al Franken of sexual harassment, Leeann Tweeden, had a political motive. (Franken resigned from his Senate seat on Thursday in response to the numerous allegations of misconduct made against him over weeks, and pressure from his Democratic colleagues.)
Brzezinski noted that Tweeden had appeared as a “Hannity” contributor.
“We’ve never really talked about the woman who first came out against Al Franken,” Brzezinski said. “A performer, a Playboy model who goes on ‘Hannity,’ who voted for Trump. I see some politics there.”
In the same broadcast on Friday, Brzezinski announced that “Morning Joe” contributor Harold Ford Jr. would be taken off the air after Ford was terminated by his employer, Morgan Stanley, for alleged misconduct.
Watch a segment of the broadcast below:
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